Ola Kowalewski

Faculty Fellow

Entrepreneurship, Future of Humans

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Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking  •  Exponentials  •  Entrepreneurship

About Ola

Ola is a Faculty Fellow investigating the invisible impacts technology has on the way we think, act and feel. As an entrepreneur, designer and scientist, her work focuses on the intersection of business models, behavioral design, and neuroscience – and how AI is supercharging the impacts and shaping the future.

Ola was as a Entrepreneur-In-Residence at SU Ventures, helping startups create moonshot visions and guiding them through the foundational steps of venture making. She previously founded and ran a med-tech startup, authored patents, worked as a strategist at an early stage tech fund and co-founded a design studio. She also hosted a community radio show for 5 years in Canada, worked on a 10 part series documentary on the history of cars in Beijing, and is currently collaborating with the SETI Institute on a Space Music project.

With an entrepreneurial spirit of converging ideas & emerging technologies to practical applications, OIa provides actionable guidance in an uncertain future. She helps both individuals and organizations shift their mindset to our rapidly changing times, and is passionate about inspiring people to design a future that matters.

Speaking Topics

  • 10X or Bye - How to Launch a Product that Matters and Sells

    9 in 10 new startups fail, while 42% die because there is no market need. As exponential trends make markets more dynamic than ever, how can we minimize our risks and become futuremakers? In this talk we unpack what it means to create a moonshot, why a mission statement really does matter, and explore alternative business models and strategies. Whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or inventor, you will leave with a new set of tools on how to shape the future you want to live in.

  • Tell Me What To Do? - The Disruption of Human Decision Making

    Do you think you’re in control of your life? Technology is very persuasive in telling us what to do – often without us even realizing it. As we augment ourselves with data-rich technologies that use smart algorithms and AI, how much of our decision making is outsourced and how much should be? In this talk, we explore the concentration of power in major tech companies, persuasive design techniques, the data & attention economies, and the impacts digital-touchpoints have on who you are. You will leave empowered to take control of your choices in a world where exponential technology continually improves its ability to know what makes you tick.

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